A positive New York Mets fan isn’t always the easiest person to spot. In March, they’re a bit easier to find, particularly in the era of Steve Cohen calling the shots.
Mets fans have a lot of reasons to feel optimistic about the team. Positive overreactions from the first 2+ weeks of Spring Training are natural for a fanbase eager to quench the championship thirst.
While not completely off-base, I’ll join you as a participant in at least semi-believing each of these early overreactions.
1) Positive NY Mets overreaction: Ronny Mauricio is officially a star
Brett Baty is having an outstanding spring. Ronny Mauricio has been equally as eye-catching this spring, almost in a surprising manner. He’s hitting for a ton of power. Is he a future star in the making? Bombs like this seem to suggest he might.
Mauricio has become somewhat forgotten in the Mets’ farm system. Every draft. Each round of international free agent signings. The occasional sudden rise of another prospect. All of these have pushed Mauricio down the ladder on most lists of top Mets prospects. His amazing spring has helped turn him into a little bit of a rockstar.
Exactly where Mauricio fits into the picture long term remains a question with no obvious answer. He could be a third base option. The Mets could always look to shift him to the outfield to find a spot. Then there’s the possibility Mauricio roves around a little bit and becomes an offensive weapon at more than one position.
It’s far too early to start thinking about which Mets teammate or coach is the one to introduce Mauricio at Cooperstown. Fans haven’t overreacted yet to those lengths. A nice meeting point could be believing Mauricio may be an option by July for the 2023 team. The Mets are loaded with young bats. Mauricio is definitely in the race to join them on the MLB roster at some point.